Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping
a little off topic but in my experience plastic queen excluders seem to do more damage to the bees than the metal ones. I am not sure if it is the rough edges of plastic compared to the rounded edges of the metal ones. As for the whole package bee and purchased queens...... I gave up on those 6 years ago. I now am only using queens raised by me and my survival rates through winter have sky rocketed. The last time I purchased queens (and it was in midseason not early) 100% percent of them were dead within 2 months. My earlier experiences with other suppliers was not any better. So as someone suggested on here earlier I stopped buying them simple! Now I raise my own by what ever method is easiest at the time.
Referring to the question in the OP, I raise queens for sale and wait until I see capped brood to ship them.